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Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – December 16, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0486432618 ISBN-10: 0486432610

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  • Series: Dover Books on Physics
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486432610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486432618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Robbins on April 18, 2009
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I used Fetter and Walecka (FW) in a first year graduate course. I was a bit shocked when I first learned that the "standard" text of Goldstein, Poole and Safko was being supplanted with this book. Aside from the material, this book has taught me that standard isn't always better.

FW is very thorough, and has a great logical flow. You won't have to read a chapter twenty times to understand what is being said, nor where the mathematics comes from. Note however, that some prior experience with classical mechanics is assumed; this is not an undergraduate textbook.

The one criticism that I have of the text is that it does not deal with non-linear systems. Although it is very common to use linear models in physics, students should have some exposure to systems where higher order effects are important. FW does have a non-linear supplement which contains the material for about one chapter worth of material, and it's pretty good.

Within the context of being a graduate text, the problems are very reasonable. They require some thought, as all problems in graduate school should. However, they are not nearly as challenging as, for example, some in J.D. Jackson's Electrodynamics book. {Insert typical grumble about Jackson here.} The problems are interesting, and engaging, and relate their respective chapters and/or to cumulative knowledge.

In my opinion, graduate school is about learning how to approximate and approach real-world problems. FW does an excellent job of preparing its readers to do just that. I highly recommend its consideration for adoption as a course text.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Avila on November 10, 2006
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This book covers all the main topics that a mechanics course at the advance undergraduate or graduate level should have and more. It starts with a first chapter on Basic Principles where the authors do a general review about Newtonian mechanics, that is, Newton's laws, angular momentum, energy, conservation laws, center of mass motion, two body motion with a central potential and scattering. Then follows a chapter on Accelerated Coordinate Systems where you encounter things like the Corioly acceleration and centrifugal forces. Chapter three is a delight, it is about Lagrangian Dynamics where you learn a much powerfull formalism than newton's equations to solve problems using the Lagrangian function, learning about virtual displacements and generalized coordinates (also D'Alambert and Hamilton's principle). Chapter four is about Small Oscillations, it is very important since here you learn to work with many-particle systems that are use a lot in condense matter physics, the very well known normal coordinates are here introduced. Chapter five is about Rigid Bodies, chapter six is about Hamiltonian Dynamics, this chapter connects very well with chapter three illustrating yet another method to solve mechanics problems by defining canonically momentas for every generalized coordinates and then finding a set of first orders differential equations involving the hamiltonian (as opposed to chapter three where either D'Alambert or Hamilton principle lead to a system of second order differential equations) The hamiltonian is defined as a Legendre transformation of the Lagrangian function, also the Poisson brackets are introduced here and it is even explained how to do the transition between classical and quantum mechanics and also canonical transformations are introduced.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali on January 11, 2013
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I like this. I used it to complement my Classical Dynamics course which used Goldstein's book. What I really like about this text that it is clear. There are not too many examples, but the few examples presented are complete and informative.

I wish this text could be extended with additional 200 or 300 pages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Plechaty on August 10, 2014
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Good book, good examples. Of course, there could always be more example problems.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor on April 1, 2014
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Works great for my purpose, it is very good and new as described it also arrived as scheduled, very ok
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shaozhi li on June 19, 2014
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this is the first time that I bought book on the internet, whatever, it is very good, I like physics.
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